► Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
The list of the best smartphone cameras will not be completed unless we include an Apple product. Both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were launched last year in the month of September. These two smartphones feature similar camera sensors. The only difference is that the iPhone 6 plus uses inbuilt OIS to stabilize the image while the iPhone 6 depends on its software to do the same.
Great Interface: Apple likes to keep everything simple and this ideology is also reflected in the camera interface of both these smartphones. Swiping a finger in the horizontal direction changes the camera modes. On the top left side, quick shortcuts for the features like flash and HDR can be found. You will not notice any kind of software glitch while browsing through the interface.
Breathtaking Picture Quality: Both these iPhone smartphones might be featuring a low-resolution 8MP camera, but the images that they capture pack great details. Colors are accurately reproduced and the well-balanced sharpness further enhances the image quality. Even in low lighting conditions, these smartphones can capture great images as their sensors are good at capturing light. Another fact to mention here would be ultrafast autofocus system of rear cameras of both the phones.
Super Slow Motion Video Recording: At full HD resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels, both iPhone models can record videos at 60 frames per second, but the real magic happens when the video resolution gets reduced. You can record super slow motion 720p videos on both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at a whopping 240 frames per second.
Face time HD Front Camera: Both iPhone variants that we have discussed here sport 1.2 MP front facing camera. This camera shoots wide angle images and is also capable of recording videos in HD resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels.
► LG G4
Smartphone cameras have evolved many folds in the last couple of years and most of the brands are satisfied with what they have achieved. But LG is onto something else. Its flagship G4 smartphone that was launched earlier this year not only offers a great 16MP sensor on the back and an 8MP sensor on the front but also offers some DSLR-like capabilities. However, I am not saying that this phone can replace a DSLR, it just cannot because its sensor is too small.
Full Manual Mode: The manual mode of this phone is worth discussing here. It allows you to change ISO, shutter speed as well as the focal length. Another great thing is that you get to change the light metering settings from real values instead of modes. Moreover, a histogram on the top left corner of the screen helps the users in determining the best settings for their image. The phone is also good at shooting low light images.
Shot In RAW: Tapping on a small box type icon on the left side in the manual mode, you can enable the simultaneous RAW and JPEG shooting mode. RAW files give more flexibility over the image, but you will need a professional image editing software in order to mold the image according to your taste.
4K Recording: The 16MP sensor of this smartphone allows the users to record videos in 4K. 3-axis Optical Image Stabilization works really well. Moreover, the laser autofocus system is quite fast and continuously focuses on the subject while the video is being recorded.
Decent Selfie Camera: The front camera captures a lot of details and is great for taking Selfies. Gesture shot feature is also available that lets the users click images by making a fist.
|OS||Android v5.1 (Lollipop)|
|Processor||Hexa Core, 1.8 GHz, Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808, Adreno 418|
|Memory||3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, Up to 2TB Micro SD Card, USB OTG|
|Screen||5.5 inch, 1440 × 2560 Pixels, 534 PPI, IPS LCD|
|Battery||3000 mAh, Li-ion|
|Connectivity||Indian 4G, FM, Dual SIM, BT 4.0, 1G, 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB 2.0, NFC, DLNA, Micro HDMI|
|Body||155 g [W], 9.8 mm [Th]|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity|
|Buy||30000 to 40000 Rupees|
► Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was one of the most anticipated smartphones of last year. It houses a 16MP camera on the rear and a 3.7MP camera on the front. Its camera performance is astonishing, which is why it still qualifies for this list.
4K Recording and Optical Image Stabilization: The Galaxy Note 4 records really great 4K videos in bright daylight. Thanks to the Optical Image Stabilization that smoothen all the movements in the footage. Videos recorded on this phone have a warmer tone, which is not a bad thing. Moreover, the microphone on this phone records much loud audio.
User-Friendly Camera Interface: Note series camera interface is quite famous for its user-friendliness. The menu structure is really simple, which helps a lot while accessing the settings. This smartphone comes with only a few camera modes, but extra modes can be downloaded from internet at user’s choice. The integrated gallery app comes with a number of great editing options.
Laser Autofocus: The rear camera quickly focuses the subject as it is equipped with laser auto focus system. This feature proves to be of much use while recording videos.
Decent Front Camera: Selfie lovers will certainly love this phone. Its front shooter is capable of capturing even the smallest of details. Its aperture of f/1.9 allows the users to shoot wide angle images. Another great thing is that this camera records 1440p videos.
Picture Quality is not up to the mark: The Galaxy Note 4 has been given good ratings from advance users the camera capabilities. However, I am not convinced with the picture quality. Most of the images that I took from the rear camera were over exposed. In the low lighting conditions, this phone badly fails to capture the subject details.
► Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
The Samsung S6 and the S6 Edge are popular and one of the best selling flagship smartphones. Interestingly, it is considered the best camera phones in the Android world. Both these smartphones house similar sensors and work in the same way on the front of photography. Therefore, we will be focusing only on the Galaxy S6.
Captures Stunning Shots: Guess What? People are right the Galaxy S6 features the best camera as far as Android smartphones are concerned. The rear 16 MP sensor is equipped with Optical Image Stabilization technology and capture realistic colors. Its laser autofocus system focuses the subject within no time and results in smooth transition while panning the smartphone. However, the sensor captures more light than it can handle on its own. In fact, even the camera software fails to fix the over-exposure problem in the post processing phase.
Pro Mode: Like most of the modern day smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S6 also gives users the access to manual settings. It can be a great feature for those who like to have a greater control over their footage. However, the bad thing is that the phone does not offer manual shutter speed controls because of which you will not be able to do light painting.
UHD Videos: If you are into video recording, then this smartphone can be a great option. It can record UHD videos at 30 frames per second. Thanks to the OIS-equipped sensor that the recorded videos are always smooth.
Great Interface: Samsung has worked a lot on the interface of the camera app of this smartphone. The moment you tap on the app icon, camera interface gets opened up. A collapsible menu on the left side allows the users to easily access various settings. Extra scene modes can also be downloaded from internet.
|OS||Android v5.0.2 (Lollipop)|
|Processor||Quad core, 2.1 GHz + Quad core, 1.5 GHz, Exynos 7 Octa 7420, Mali-T760 MP8|
|Memory||3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, USB OTG|
|Screen||5.1 inch, 1440 × 2560 Pixels, 576 PPI, Super AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass V4|
|Camera||16MP(P) Auto Focus, Optical image stabilization, 5MP(F), LED Flash, Digital Zoom, Exposure compensation, Face detection, Geo Tagging, HDR, Touch to focus, White balance presets, 3840×2160 @ 30 FPS, 1920×1080 @ 60 FPS, 1280×720 @ 120 FPS, Dual Video Recording|
|Battery||2550 mAh, Li-Po, Non-removable|
|Connectivity||Indian 4G, FM, Dual SIM, BT 4.0, 1G, 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB 2.0, NFC|
|Body||138 g [W], 6.8 mm [Th]|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Fingerprint ID, Gyroscope, Hall, Heart Rate Monitor, Light sensor, Proximity|
|Buy||35000 to 40000 Rupees|
► Sony Xperia Z3
More than 13 months have passed since the Sony Xperia Z3 was launched in the market. But still it remains a desirable device for those who enjoy doing mobile photography. The camera of this smartphone performs exactly the same as the manufacturer promises.
Bigger Sensor: Sony has done really great job by putting a bigger 1/2.3 inch Exmor RS sensor on this phone. Entry-level point and shoot cameras have generally sensors of this size. It captures all the details and works great in low lighting conditions. Moreover, the rear camera shoots images in 20.7 MP.
At the front, there is a 2.2 MP sensor, which is not that impressive when it comes to capturing nice Selfies.
Realistic Colors: The phone application works well in the final stage and produces pictures with accurate colors. Mostly smartphone cameras try to virtually increase the vibrancy of an image whereas the Xperia Z3 camera stands out to be accurate in capturing real images. Generally, users get confused and do not understand the difference between a regular smartphone camera and the magic, which the Xperia Z3 20.7 MP sensor brings. This Sony smartphone is quite suitable for those advance users who love realistic, but not vibrant images.
4K Video Recording: The Sony Xperia Z3 is also capable of recording videos at 4K resolution. Another great thing is that digital image stabilization also works on this phone while recording videos at a high resolution like 2K and 4K. This results in stable and smooth videos. Slow motion videos are also supported, but at a lower resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels.
Great Low Light Photography: Bigger sensor helps the Xperia Z3 a lot in capturing details in low lighting conditions. Images turn out to be noise free and bright. You will also get soft tone images when the flash is turned on.
Nice Interface: The camera interface comes loaded with a number of useful features including manual mode and superior auto mode. Users can also download extra add-ons from an attached web store.